To our furry community and friends,
The coronavirus pandemic has caused many events to be reassessed, and FC is no exception. It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancelation of Further Confusion 2021.
Our priority, first and foremost, is to protect people: We have seen all around the world that COVID-19 is a serious disease with deadly outcomes, and that our greatest responsibility is to keep our close-knit fandom and its neighbors, colleagues, friends, and loved ones out of harm’s way. Second, we have a responsibility to our mission: To ensure that for years to come we can highlight and encourage anthropomorphic animal arts, the artists and appreciators that surround them, and the charities we can support through your generosity. Finally, we have a responsibility to you all to provide fun and memorable events where we can see friends old and new, create and appreciate art, and build something great together.
COVID-19 is a threat to all these priorities. We won’t hold an event that puts our community and volunteer staff at risk. If we continue to proceed with planning our in-person event and have to cancel later, contractual penalties endanger future events.
We have begun planning alternative events and formats. Over the next few months we will announce our decisions about FC2021’s format, including possible experiments such as collective projects with remote participation, smaller short lead-time events when safety allows, and virtual events like dances, competitions, and shows. As we address this year’s challenges we will look for opportunities to innovate and provide creative, novel, and better experiences for everyone.
One thing is for sure: We would love to have you, your opinions, and your creativity with us as we figure out what comes next. We know this is a tough time for many of you out there, but if you would like to help, please consider volunteering to join us in defining the new normal.
As always, thank you for your support and enthusiasm over the past 20+ years. With lots of caution, a little luck, and our great community, we’ll continue to make FC a fantastic furry event for many years to come.
We hope to see you all very soon. Stay safe and healthy out there. ♥
The FC2021 Executive Staff
And Anthropomorphic Arts and Education, LLC Board of Directors